DEA Wants More Marijuana Grown And Fewer Opioids Produced In 2019. Really.

From FORBES

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) isn’t exactly known as big fan of marijuana. But in a new Federal Register filing set to be published soon, the anti-drug agency is moving to more than quintuple the amount of cannabis that can legally be grown in the U.S. for research purposes—from roughly 1,000 pounds in 2018 to more than 5,400 pounds next year.

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At the same time, DEA is also pushing to reduce the amount of certain opioid drugs—such as oxycodone, hydrocodone, morphine, fentanyl and others—that are produced in the U.S.

“We’ve lost too many lives to the opioid epidemic and families and communities suffer tragic consequences every day,” DEA Acting Administrator Uttam Dhillon said in a press release. “This significant drop in prescriptions by doctors and DEA’s production quota adjustment will continue to reduce the amount of drugs available for illicit diversion and abuse while ensuring that patients will continue to have access to proper medicine.”

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, a longtime opponent of marijuana legalization, added that “the opioid epidemic that we are facing today is the worst drug crisis in American history… Cutting opioid production quotas by an average of ten percent next year will help us continue that progress and make it harder to divert these drugs for abuse.”
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People Who Use Marijuana For Gut Inflammation Might Actually Be on to Something

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The first evidence is in.

A new study shows that molecules involved in our bodies’ processing of cannabis, called endocannabinoids, may have the potential to control and prevent intestinal inflammation in mice.

While the research does not necessarily extend to humans, it does hint at why some cannabis users find that the drug helps alleviate symptoms of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Continue reading

4 Unique Uses for CBD Oil

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In recent months, scientists and cannabis aficionados alike have been touting the benefits of CBD oil.

Are you skeptical, or curious?

Either way, you need to read on.

You might be surprised to learn about some of the weird benefits of vaping CBD.

From treating veterans with PTSD to managing the symptoms of chronic pain, CBD can help people suffering from all kinds of mental and physical discomfort and stress.

Read on to see if any of these benefits could be helpful to you.

1. Get More Sleep

Everyone knows that sometimes, CBD and marijuana can make you feel like a serious couch potato.

But in recent years, scientists have discovered that CBD vape benefits include helping you to get a better night’s sleep. Not only will it take you less time to fall asleep every night, but the overall quality of the sleep you get will also improve.

This is because CBD helps to eliminate those racing, anxiety-producing thoughts that keep us all up at night.

It also lowers your overall risk of REM behavior disorder, which means that you’ll spend less time tossing and turning in the middle of the night. You’ll also stay in your REM cycle for longer.

It’s also been used to help to treat chronic sleep conditions, like insomnia. It can even help to eliminate the feelings of daytime grogginess, so you won’t feel like you need to nap throughout the day in order to stay focused.

2. Better Manage PTSD

While we do need to make it clear that the benefits of vaping CBD include helping those who suffer from PTSD to manage their symptoms, cannabis cannot cure this condition.

What it can do is offer an overall higher quality of life to those who are struggling with the anxiety and depression often caused by PTSD.

So, how exactly does it work?

Most people are aware that CBD contains elements known as cannabinoids. These are what causes the “feel-good” reactions to vaping CBD, but not what produces the actual “high” that can sometimes make it tough to go about your day.

Believe it or not, your body also produces cannabinoids — called “endocannabinoids.” Your natural endocannabinoid system is what helps you to manage your reaction to stress and anxiety. When it’s activated, you’ll feel much calmer.

The cannabinoids in CBD actually latch onto your body’s natural endocannabinoids, making them more effective.

It can even stimulate your serotonin receptors, which helps to promote feelings of calmness and general contentment.

3. Help with Chronic Pain

Those endocannabinoids in your body that we mentioned earlier in this post?

They don’t just help to manage your body’s response to emotional pain and anxiety.

They also help to control your body’s overall response to physical pain. Your brain gets signals from this endocannabinoid system that essentially makes you feel pain in the first place.

The cannabinoids contained in CBD actually help to suppress those feelings of pain from coming up in the first place. Because CBD oil and vape juice don’t contain any THC — which is the psychoactive element found in marijuana — they also don’t feel “high” afterward.

For the over 25 million people currently suffering from chronic pain, vaping CBD has helped them to better manage their symptoms and offered them a new lease on life.

It’s an incredibly popular alternative to pain management prescription medication. With an addiction to painkillers on the rise throughout the country, more and more people are turning to CBD as a safer way to treat their symptoms.

4. Clear up your Skin

Is your bad skin making you feel incredibly insecure? Are the large, white and red bumps up underneath your skin causing you physical pain as much as it is emotional distress?

If so, then you might be surprised to learn that one of the main benefits of vaping CBD oil is clearer skin. Yes, in recent years, CBD oil can be used topically or inhaled through a vape pen to help you to get rid of those annoying pimples.

But how exactly does CBD work to stop acne?

Your body makes its own oil through the sebaceous glands and sebocyte cells. In people with acne, that oil production is ramped up much more than it should be. This excess of oil clogs up your pores and causes you to develop pimples.

CBD oil can actually help to slow the production of these oils in your skin.

Additionally, CBD is well-known as an anti-inflammatory agent.

This means that, even if your skin is still producing higher amounts of oil than most, you can use CBD to shorten the lifespan of the zit. It can also help to prevent those painful, under the skin bumps that can take a long time to fully heal.

CBD Laws by State 2018 – Just the Facts

CBD Laws by State in USA till 2018

Is CBD Oil legal in My State?

Everyone wants to know if CBD is legal in their state. This handy fact sheet is meant to provide you with a quick reference you can check for where you live.

  • There are 6 states where CBD is completely illegal because all forms of cannabis are illegal in those states: Idaho, South Dakota, West Virginia, Nebraska, Kansas, and Indiana. For those of you who unfortunately live in these states, using CBD will be at your own risk. While this is not legal advice, law enforcement are not targeting people who use CBD for personal use. The only legal action that’s been taken against CBD so far has been with retailers who sell the products.
  • In all of the 28 states with medical marijuana laws in place, the use of CBD is also protected by those laws. If you live in one of these states, you can use CBD with confidence.

28 + 6 = 34 states. So what about the remaining 16 states? In those 16 state states, there are what’s known as “CBD only” laws.

  • CBD is legal under specific conditions (usually specific medical conditions like intractable epilepsy and with a prescription) in the remaining 16 states: Alabama, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, and Wisconsin.
  • If you live in one of these 16 states, you should check for the most current law on CBD with your local government. ProCon.org offers a great place to start. Find your state and work from there.
  • The National Cannabis Industry Association also provides an excellent chart of the United States which is updated frequently.

What about Federal districts, inhabited territories, and Indian reservations?

Since cannabis laws vary so much by location, the best thing to do is check with your local goverment on the laws where you live.

  • Washington D.C.: cannabis is legal. CBD use is protected under the cannabis laws.
  • Puerto Rico and Guam have medical use only. You likely need a doctor’s approval to use CBD. For the U.S. Virgin Islands, check with your local government. For the American Samoa and Northern Mariana Islands, cannabis is illegal.
  • Cannabis use is legal on multiple Indian reservations. Check with the governing body of your specific reservation.

References

https://www.leafly.com/news/politics/cbd-oil-legal-depends-ask

http://medicalmarijuana.procon.org/view.resource.php?resourceID=006473

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Legality_of_cannabis_by_U.S._jurisdiction

https://thecannabisindustry.org/state-marijuana-policies-map/

Marijuana may be even safer than previously thought, researchers say


Compared with other recreational drugs — including alcohol — marijuana may be even safer than previously thought. And researchers may be systematically underestimating risks associated with alcohol use.

Those are the top-line findings of recent research published in the journal Scientific Reports, a subsidiary of Nature. Researchers sought to quantify the risk of death associated with the use of a variety of commonly used substances. They found that at the level of individual use, alcohol was the deadliest substance, followed by heroin and cocaine
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CBD vs whole-plant medicine in the treatment of brain injury & stroke

by Paul Fassa
Health Impact News

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Stroke is the third leading cause of death in the United States. Someone has a stroke every 53 seconds. Most are ischemic, which deny blood and oxygen to brain tissue cells due to blood vessel constrictions or obstructions. Hemorrhagic strokes, which occur from leaking or burst brain blood vessels, are in the minority. (Source)
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